Yesterday got a little heated, so if y’all don’t mind I’m going to clear the air and get back to beauty. Let’s talk about perfume!
The holidays are fast approaching, and if you’re like me, you always gotta save a little room for yourself on your shopping list. After splurging on everyone else, it’s only fair that you show yourself some love, am I right bellas? One of my favorite self-indulgent purchases is perfume. I prefer to buy my own, because scent is so subjective. What smells like hot basura to me might smell like heaven to some other bella, and so much is based on body chemistry. These are five scents on my shopping list, and you just might want to add to yours.
1. Carol’s Daughter Pearls. When I heard about the new scent from Carol’s Daughter, I got excited. Whenever I want a layering scent that makes me feel and smell yummy, I still reach for that Almond Cookie. And the description of Pearls just sounded heavenly. According to the CD website, it “…sparkles with lemon verbena and the luscious aspect of apricot and peach. The fragrance evolves into a voluptuous floral heart of intoxicating jasmine, rose and violet leaves topped off by warm vanilla and sweet caramel.” Sounds delightful, right?
Bellas who want a sneak preview should pick up a copy of Essence Magazine – there’ll be a two page spread in December’s issue, complete with a scent strip. But of course scent strips don’t tell the whole story of how a fragrance will unfold on you — so I suggest you head to Sephora for a spritz.
On me, Carol’s Daughter Pearls was tropical and fruity at first — definitely smelled that peach note right away! Then an hour or so later the lush florals unfold, leaving me smelling like jasmine caramel goodness. I really like it. And for $45, it’s a sweet deal from a company long loved by the afrobella community. Hats off to Lisa Price once again!
2. White Patchouli by Tom Ford. Tom Ford. Erykah Badu. From the moment I laid eyes on this advertising campaign, I knew I had to get my hands on a bottle.
A small one (1.7 oz) costs $92. A big one (3.4 oz) is $138. I haven’t even been so lucky as to smell this yet, but reviews reveal I might be pleasantly surprised — it’s described as restrained, smooth, spicy, and according to Now Smell This: “White Patchouli is minimalist chic… I’d dress White Patchouli in New York black: trousers, a black turtleneck and boots, big sunglasses, sleek hair, one big piece of jewelry. It’s beautifully done, and I find it perfectly accessible.” It sounds like the every day scent I’ve been looking for, but because it’s pricey, this will go on my list to Santa. Santa = my husband, duh.
3. Harajuku Lovers by who else? Gwen Stefani. Like Margaret Cho and my friends at Racialicious — I gave a big side-eye to Gwen Stefani in 2006 when she emerged with her Harajuku Girls, four dancing, mostly silent Japanese women who have moved on from just being Gwen’s dancing posse to now becoming part of her growing fashion and beauty brand. I hope Maya Chino (“Love”), Jennifer Kita (“Angel”), Rino Nakasone (“Music”) and Mayuko Kitayama (“Baby”) are being paid well for their efforts. Now there are perfumes being sold with their likeness as the bottles, and I must admit — the fifteen year old girl inside me thinks they are super cute.
$25 to $45 per bottle, or $60 for a set of solids. Each scent is different and I particularly love Love, a sweet and delicate floral, and G, the scent inspired by Gwen herself. Coconut, jasmine, magnolia – every time I’ve worn it, my co-workers are like, “what is that awesome perfume?”
4 Youth Dew solid perfume compact. I love the whole what’s old is new again trend in the scent world. Recently the LA Times did an article outlining the cougars of the perfume business, so to speak — Poison, Opium, and Samsara are all enjoying a resurgence. One of my timeless favorites is Youth-Dew by Estee Lauder. It’s complicated, strong, and dates back to 1953. It’s the kind of scent that can’t be broken down into a simple word like “fruity” or “floral” for an initial description — it is a perfume that is defiantly perfumed. Youth-Dew smells like a strong, sexy woman. I bet Katherine Hepburn wore Youth-Dew at some point in her life. Now Estee Lauder is selling gorgeous cameo compacts — $85 for this finely crafted collectible. I am thinking this would be a great gift for my Mama Bella. And for myself!
5. Michael Kors Very Pretty. Thank you, Project Runway, for bringing the world the sheer joy of Michael Kors. I want him and Tim Gunn to take me out for a fabulous day of New York City shopping and cocktails. And every time I spritz on Michael Kors’ new fragrance, I can practically hear him say in my head “very pretty!”
This scent is dripping with floral notes — jasmine top note (hmmm, notice a trend here, bellas? Apparently I love jasmine!) is layered with sandalwood, bergamot, and “tuberose layered with creamy florals, exotic spices, and the taming touch of Moroccan incense.” Maybe the Moroccan incense is what causes it to linger on my skin so deliciously. This is a fragrance you can wear to bed, and wake up with in the morning. $75 and that chic Swarovski crystal studded bottle can be on your dresser.
What scents are you eyeing for the season? Got any gifts you want to get yourself, bellas?